Professor Vincent Connelly

BA (Hons), PhD

Professor & Programme Lead for Psychology

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

Vincent Connelly


Vince is a Professor of Psychology and Programme Lead for Psychology. 

As Programme Lead, I am responsible for the strategic development and leadership of the psychology portfolio at Oxford Brookes. I lead an integrated team of academic, technical, research and administrative staff who deliver psychology programmes to circa 400+ students ensuring we hit key legislative, quality assurance, recruitment, teaching, research and financial targets. I also teach on the psychology programmes, supervise doctoral students and have an active programme of research. 

Externally, I represent the psychology team at the Association for Heads of Psychology Departments and I am the British Psychological Society Director of Teaching and Learning and Programme Liaison Representative for Oxford Brookes.


I have two main areas of research interest:

Armed Forces organisational psychology research

I have recently begun a programme of research investigating part time military Reservists, Armed Forces Veterans and the organisational psychology of the Armed Forces. This has included funded projects examining Reservists family support, the adoption of a more integrated full time and part time "Whole Force" approach to personnel in the military and the recruitment and retention of Reservists.

I have also carried out some research on veterans and supervised a doctoral student examining the perception of veterans in wider UK society. I am working with colleagues from other UK universities and abroad on this work.

The successful impact of this research on the UK Armed Forces is highlighted in this case study.

Writing and reading research

I also have research interests around the development of writing, spelling and reading. In have instigated and published work on why some children struggle to write, especially those who have been identified with dyslexia. I have held a number of research grants in this area with colleagues from other universities both in the UK and abroad.

Externally Funded Research Grants

  • Parry, E., Robinson, D, Morrison, Z & Connelly, V. (2022-2023). Reserve Forces 30 Research Support. HSSRC for MoD.
  • Connelly, V., Carding, P., Schilling, S., Morrison, Z. & Bricknell, M. (2020-2022) Rapidly formed COVID-19 teams in the NHS: implications for leadership, team-working, career intentions and individual mental health. Economic and Social Science Research Council.
  • Cunningham-Burley, S., Morrison, Z. & Connelly, V. & Loretto, W. (2014-2018). The changing negotiation between civil and military lives as a reservist under Army 2020. Economic and Social Science Research Council/MoD Future Reserves Research Programme (FRRP).
  • Connelly, V, Morrison, Z., Fear, N., Hennelly, S. & Smith, J. (2016- 2017). Support to the Families of Reservists: An Investigation of Needs, Current Provision and Gaps. DHCSTC for MoD.
  • Parry, E, Connelly, V. Morrison, Z & Robinson, D. (2016). Integration of the Whole Force: Understanding barriers and enablers to maximise task and team performance. DHCSTC for MoD.
  • Parry, E, Morrison, Z, Robinson, D. & Connelly, V. (2014-2016). Awareness, Attraction and Retention of the Reserve Forces. DHCSTC for MoD.
  • Connelly, V. & Dockrell, J.E. (2011-2012). Developing evidence-based practice through use of a developmental model of writing. Economic and Social Science Research Council.
  • Connelly, V, & Dockrell, J.E. (2009-2011) Profiling writing in children with specific language difficulties. Leverhulme Trust.

Recent Research Student Project Topics

  • Rita Phillips “Understanding and explaining the public perceptions of UK Veterans”
  • Annabel Molyneaux “Teaching, learning and practicing writing at primary school: the effects of writing environments on links between transcription and text generation
  • Lynsey O’Rourke “Spellcheck assistance with spelling accuracy in students with dyslexia”
  • Julia Birchenough “The influence of individual differences on reading in readers of consistent compared to inconsistent orthographies
  • Mona Sakr. “The Influence of Computers on Child Conceptions and Adult Practices of the Drawing-Writing Distinction.”
  • Emma Sumner. “Children with Dyslexia: Spelling as a constraint on writing.”



Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Reserve Forces 30 Research Support (led by Cranfield University) (01/05/2022 - 18/11/2023), funded by: Ministry of Defence, funding amount received by Brookes: £17,500

Projects as Co-investigator

  • Supporting ALL to thrive: Developing a holistic understanding of the impact of Service life on the education of children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND/ASN/ALN) and their families.(01/03/2024 - 31/08/2025), funded by: Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, funding amount received by Brookes: £60,000, funded by: Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust


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Professional information

Memberships of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Inter University Seminar (IUS) on Armed Forces and Society
  • Member of European Research Group on Military and Society (ERGOMAS)
  • Advisory board member King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR). 2015-2017, 2020-2022.
  • External Examiner for MSc in War and Psychiatry, Kings College London (2016-2021)
  • Member of Expert Advisory Group for UK Veterans Family Study 2021-2022
  • Member of Academic Advisory Board to Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre 2021-ongoing
  • Invited Chair of the British Dyslexia Association International Research Conference Panel 2018-2021
  • European Co-ordinator of the Special Interest Group on Writing ( as part of the European Association for Research in Learning and Instruction 2013-2017.
  • Trustee of Berkshire Yeomanry Museum. I am a trustee (treasurer) of this small, registered museum that was founded in 1975. The museum is in Windsor and is open to the public free of charge.